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Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:20 PM PST
UNITED STATES PBS News Hour November 28, 2017 By Laura Santhanam On April 27, 2016, former U.S. house speaker Dennis Hastert was convicted of breaking banking law, but crimes to which he confessed in court — sexually abusing multiple high school boys in Illinois while he served as their wrestling coach nearly four decades ago — would never be prosecuted. Their statutes of limitations had expired. A year later, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan declared the state had removed the criminal statute of limitation for sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse against children. She credited Illinois' passage of that legislation with the "powerful and courageous testimony of survivors," many of them speaking publicly for the first time after years of silence, anger and shame. "Tragically, there are millions of people whose childhoods are tarnished by sexual assault and sexual abuse," Madigan said in an email to the NewsHour. "For decades they struggle to come to terms with the terrible impacts these crimes have on their lives – including the troubling fact that very few of the perpetrators are held accountable." In recent weeks, high-profile and long-buried stories of sexual assault and harassment have cropped up across the country. Since Oct. 5, when the New York Times published its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein, dozens of women and men have come forward with their own stories about sexual misconduct by other powerful men, from Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, to Charlie Rose, a long-time broadcast news host for PBS and CBS News. But after they share their stories, what legal standing do victims of sexual harassment and assault have to pursue those accusations in court? That depends in large part on the statutes of limitations that apply in their state. Nationwide, one out of three women said they have been sexually harassed or abused at work, according to a recent poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist Poll. But according to 2016 federal data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which monitors reports of unwelcome sexual advances at the workplace, 6,914 incidents of sexual harassment were filed that year. Many more cases go unreported.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:17 PM PST
ITALY Rai News November 30, 2017 [Google Translate: The umpteenth earthquake that makes the Vatican tremble with its epicenter of the IOR, has erupted following investigations by the Vatican Gendarmerie. What emerged forced Giulio Mattietti, added by the General Manager, to resign from his position. He was appointed in November 2015 together with the general manager. But exactly two years after his entry, a dismissal with expulsion (some gendarmes would have accompanied him across the border) puts an end to Mattietti's experience.] Le dimissioni sarebbero scattate in seguito a un'indagine della gendarmeria vaticana L'ennesimo terremoto che fa tremare il Vaticano con epicentro lo Ior, è scoppiato a seguito di indagini della Gendarmeria vaticana. Quanto emerso ha costretto Giulio Mattietti, aggiunto del Direttore Generale, a dimettersi dal suo incarico. Era stato nominato nel novembre 2015 insieme al direttore generale. Ma esattamente a due anni dal suo ingresso, un licenziamento con espulsione (alcuni gendarmi lo avrebbero accompagnato oltre confine) pone fine all'esperienza di Mattietti. Della decisione non si conoscono i motivi ma ci sarebbe stato anche un altro analogo provvedimento a carico di un dipendente dell'istituto. Intanto continuano a circolare voci su Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, il presidente che dovrebbe lasciare come effetto domino per il forzato allontanamento del prefetto della Segreteria per l'economia, George Pell. Secondo la rivista Formiche se la passano male tutti gli uomini vicini al cardinale australiano e al revisore generale Libero Milone, allontanato anche lui in modo plateale e drammatico dalla Gendarmeria. Milone era un'altra creatura del cardinale australiano George Pell i cui enormi poteri, Francesco aveva via via ridimensionato fino all'aspettativa che gli ha concesso Papa Francesco perché potesse tornare in Australia a difendersi da infamanti accuse di pedofilia.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:14 PM PST
ITALY Espansione TV News November 29, 2017 By Anna Campaniello [Google Translate: The former judicial vicar of the Diocese of Como, Fr Andrea Stabellini, involved precisely for this role in the service of the transmission of Italy1 The Hyenas on alleged abuses to presbyter Saint Pius X, in the Vatican, temporarily suspended teaching in the seminary in Como but also in Rome and Lugano. For the Diocese it is a personal decision of the priest, who would have asked for a break just in light of the tensions and difficulties related to the affair.] L'ex vicario giudiziale della Diocesi di Como, don Andrea Stabellini, coinvolto proprio per questo suo ruolo nel servizio della trasmissione di Italia1 Le Iene sui presunti abusi al preseminario San Pio X, in Vaticano, ha temporaneamente sospeso l'insegnamento in seminario a Como ma anche a Roma e a Lugano. Per la Diocesi si tratta di una decisione personale del sacerdote, che avrebbe chiesto una pausa proprio alla luce delle tensioni e delle difficoltà legate alla vicenda. Don Andrea ha di fatto puntato il dito contro l'ex vescovo di Como monsignor Diego Coletti, dicendo che il presule gli aveva chiesto di non dar luogo a procedere con gli accertamenti sui presunti abusi, sui quali invece il vicario giudiziale avrebbe voluto fare altri approfondimenti. Dopo i recenti servizi delle Iene, il Vaticano ha comunicato di aver riaperto il caso e disposto nuovi accertamenti. L'ex vicario, che insegna diritto canonico in seminario ma anche all'università a Lugano e a Roma, al momento ha sospeso tutte le lezioni, a tempo indeterminato. La Diocesi di Como precisa tramite l'ufficio stampa che si tratta appunto di una scelta personale del sacerdote e non di una decisione imposta da altri. Nel servizio delle Iene, è stata messa in onda anche una serie di dichiarazioni che don Andrea ha rilasciato quando gli era stato assicurato che le telecamere erano spente e proprio in questa parte del colloquio ci sono le dichiarazioni che puntano il dito contro l'ex vescovo Diego Coletti.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 01:11 PM PST
ITALY Quotidiano Venaria November 29, 2017 [Google Translate: The Court of Appeal has reduced the sentence from 3 years and 8 months to 2 years for the former parish priest of Santa Gianna Beretta Molla di Venaria.] La Corte d'Appello ha ridotto la pena da 3 anni e 8 mesi a 2 anni per l'ex parroco della Santa Gianna Beretta Molla di Venaria. Nuova condanna per pedofilia, questa volta in appello, per don Ilario Rolle, ex parroco della Santa Gianna Beretta Molla di Venaria. L'ex prete che da sempre combatte la pedofilia - dando vita anche al famoso filtro per internet davide.it - ha ricevuto una condanna a due anni per una storia del 2007, quando don Rolle venne accusato da un ragazzino di 12 anni di averlo baciato ripetutamente, sulla guancia e sulla nuca, durante un campo estivo in montagna.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:57 AM PST
QUEBEC (CANADA) The Toronto Star November 29, 2017 By Allan Woods Father Alexis Joveneau was celebrated for his work over four decades among the Innu of northern Quebec, but a string of women now say he groped and abused them as girls.MONTREAL—For most of his adult life and for decades after his death Father Alexis Joveneau was regarded as a religious superstar in Quebec. But the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women has heard from several witnesses who said they were sexually abused over several years by the priest. In the predominately Innu community of La Romaine, Que., Joveneau was celebrated, respected, and considered by many to be "Jesus in person," as one witness recounted. He left a much different impression on his victims. "He mistreated us. He abused us," said Noelle Mark, 57, who described being touched inappropriately by Joveneau between the ages of about nine and 15. She was one of two women Wednesday who described going to church for confession and being forced to sit on the priest's knee and endure his inappropriate touches, rather than kneeling. "He would stick his tongue in my ear. I remember that for a long time," Mark said. "I hated that smell—his breath. I smell it now." The Belgian-born priest was ordained in 1951 and requested he be sent to Canada with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, an international religious order. He arrived in Quebec's rugged north coast of the St. Lawrence River and spent nearly four decades living and working among the Innu people until his sudden death in 1992. It was noted upon his death that Joveneau was fluent in Innu-aimun, the Innu language, and dedicated much of his time to safeguarding the language and translating educational and religious books for Innu readers.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:55 AM PST
WILLIAMSON (WV) Williamson Daily News November 30, 2017 By Diane W. Mufson Following the revelation of many instances of sexual abuse and harassment from males in powerful positions, Americans seem surprised and ask, "How could this happen and why didn't people know about it?" The answer is simple. This is as old as time and many people knew about it. Powerful people, often synonymous with men with wealth and high political, religious or business status, have clout and control. Most were and still are immune from negative repercussions regarding their actions. Often the recipients of the abuse were punished or blamed. So today's question is this: With all the well-known sexual abusers and harassers being publicly identified, will this age-old practice stop? In the past year or two, some of the biggest names in media, theater, politics and high places have been identified as sexual abusers or sexual harassers. Until recently, most weren't a bit worried as that's been the status quo for eons. So, why now? Some suggest that last winter's Women's March in Washington led women to feel that they actually had a voice; others point to the rise of women in business and elected offices. Many women claim that electing a president who was recorded saying that when you are powerful you can do almost anything you want, including grabbing women sexually, put women on notice that it was their job to take control of their lives. Social media and large numbers of victims speaking out have had a major impact. Women also can be sexual abusers. The most publicized cases usually involve young female teachers and adolescent male students. This is obviously wrong, but the frequency of these situations pales in comparison to powerful males taking advantage of females. Same-sex sexual abuse, as exemplified by Kevin Spacey, and same-sex child sexual abuse, exemplified by Penn State's Jerry Sandusky and some clergy as well, are also nothing new.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:52 AM PST
LONDON (ENGLAND) Get West London November 30, 2017 By Aine Fox and Emily Pennink The jury is out after a two-month trial into alleged sexual abuse at St Benedict's School, Ealing A former abbot at Ealing Abbey accused of abusing boys while working at a school in Ealing is awaiting the verdict in his trial at the Old Bailey. Andrew Soper was headmaster and senior priest at St Benedict's School, a fee-paying independent school in Ealing, and he stands accused of abusing 10 boys there during the 1970s and 80s. Now aged 74, Mr Soper denies 19 offences of indecent assault and buggery against the boys, who claim they were subjected to sexual touching and beatings with a cane. Prosecutors said the school had a history of "both violence and sexual abuse" by the adults in charge, describing it as "sadly prevalent".
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:38 AM PST
GUAM The Guam Daily Post November 30, 2017 By Mindy Aguon A former Guam resident who now lives in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit alleging he and other Boy Scouts were paid to swim naked and be sexually abused by a priest in the mid-1970s. B.G., 58, who used his initials to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and retired priest, Louis Brouillard. The complaint states that B.G. joined the Agana Boy Scouts troop when he was 14 and participated in various Boy Scout activities when Brouillard served as a scoutmaster and was also a priest for the Agana Archdiocese. Brouillard allegedly swam completely naked and routinely instructed B.G. and the other boys to remove their clothes as the priest would grope and touch their private parts while they were swimming, the lawsuit states.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:27 AM PST
ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS (MN) The Catholic Spirit November 29, 2017 By Maria Wiering Richard Jeub, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since 1966, has been dispensed from the clerical state, according to a Nov. 29 statement from the archdiocese. Jeub, 77, retired in 2002, but he has been prohibited from ministry since that year, following a credible accusation of sexual abuse of a minor. Jeub served as an associate priest at St. Joseph, Hopkins, 1966-1967; Our Lady of Grace, Edina, 1967-1970; St. Mark, St. Paul, 1970-1976: Christ the King, Minneapolis, 1976-1978; Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale, 1996-1997; Sacred Heart/St. Lawrence, Faribault, 1997-2000; and St. Rose of Lima, Roseville, 2000-2002. He ministered as a hospital chaplain at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina from 1978 to 1982. Jeub's longest assignment was from 1981 to 1990 as pastor of St. Kevin in south Minneapolis, which merged with nearby Church of the Resurrection in 1991 to form Our Lady of Peace. His assignment history has been posted since 2014 at the archdiocese's website in a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. Commonly referred to as "laicization," dispensation from the clerical state is an action of the pope. Men who have been dismissed from the clerical state may not present themselves as priests.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:25 AM PST
SCOTLAND BBC News November 30, 2017 A former resident of a Catholic orphanage has told how he was dragged into a toilet cubicle and sexually abused. The boy was under the age of 10 when the male staff member subjected him to the ordeal. The man, now in his 60s, has told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that life at Smyllum Park Orphanage in Lanark was "like a concentration camp". The witness lived at Smyllum Park in the 1950s.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:23 AM PST
AUSTRALIA Crux November 30, 2017 An Australian archbishop facing charges over allegedly covering up a case of clerical sexual abuse has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was due to begin on Tuesday in Newcastle. He is charged with concealing information about an abuse case from the 1970s. The court accepted a defense motion to adjourn the case, until a neuropsychologist could assess the archbishop. Information given to the judge said the "memory part of the brain" was not working properly, and Wilson had suffered a "loss of brain matter." In addition, the archbishop suffers from type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:13 AM PST
PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newsweek November 30, 2017 By Ralph Cipriano It took a near-death experience to convince retired Philadelphia police detective Joe Walsh that he couldn't keep quiet anymore about what he knew. It was June 11, 2015, just another sunny day down at the Jersey Shore, when Walsh suddenly felt severe pain in his jaw. An old Army buddy noticed the color had drained from Walsh's face, told him "Sit down!" and called 911. In the ambulance, a paramedic asked Walsh if he liked the T-shirt he was wearing. "Not particularly," Walsh replied. "That's good," the paramedic said, before he cut it off with scissors. "He hooked me up [to a monitor], and that's all I remember," Walsh says. "Everything went white."When he came to minutes later, Walsh heard an emergency medical technician say, "Come on, Joe, keep breathing." Then he heard the paramedic say that when he woke up, he was going to think he'd been kicked in the chest by a horse. During that ambulance ride, Walsh's heart stopped beating for two and a half minutes; it took two jolts from a defibrillator to get it going again.The ambulance raced to the Cape May Court House Armory, so Walsh could be flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery. Doctors there implanted two stents in the left coronary artery and gave Walsh morphine for the pain in his chest.As he recovered from his heart attack, he endured two painful back operations. And while he dealt with all his physical pain, Walsh realized something else was bothering him: his conscience.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 10:07 AM PST
OMAHA (NE) KETV November 29, 2017 By Waverle Monroe A 24/7 crisis hotline that has seen more people come forward to share their stories. Omaha, Neb. — A day that never ends, "Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services, how may I help you?" A 24/7 crisis hotline that has seen more people come forward to share their stories. "I saw that for our 24/7 hotline, we've seen a 40 percent increase from last year to this year," said Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services Supervisor, Rachel Gifford, "and then in our shelter, we've got a 15 percent increase." Gifford said those statistics are rising month-to-month. Seeing the effects of the rise is Nebraska Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention President, and sexual abuse survivor herself, Ren Drincic. "It's really interesting because ever since #MeToo, the hashtag campaign started, that's really when the influx began," Drincic said.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:44 AM PST
GUAM Pacific Daily News November 30, 2017 By Haidee V Eugenio A former Guam resident now living in North Carolina said he quit the Boy Scouts of America in the 1970s after he could no longer handle the pain, humiliation and embarrassment that Father Louis Brouillard inflicted on him, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court. The plaintiff, identified in court documents only as B.G., to protect his privacy, said in his lawsuit that Brouillard sexually abused and molested him during the time he served as a Boy Scout, around 1973 or 1974. He was about 14 or 15 years old then. Now 58, B.G. said he joined the Agana Boy Scout or the Agana Troop. Brouillard was a scout master for the Boy Scouts.
Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:38 AM PST
NEW YORK (NY) USA Today November 30, 2017 By Erin Jensen One day after Matt Lauer was fired for inappropriate sexual behavior at work, additional details are emerging about the the former NBC host's conduct. Lauer, 59, who co-anchored Today for more than 20 years, has also broken his silence and released a statement Wednesday. NBC News' Stephanie Gosk says there are as many as eight victims Gosk appeared on Megyn Kelly Today Thursday fielding questions from the host about her Lauer investigation. Gosk said that are as many as eight accusers, though tallying is difficult as the accounts have been anonymous. Several accusers told Variety "they complained to executives at the network about Lauer's behavior, which fell on deaf ears." NBC has denied this telling NBC News "current NBC News management was never made aware." After Kelly brought up the report of sexual assault from The New York Times, Gosk said the New York City Police Department and police departments in Long Island have been contacted and she is unaware of any open criminal investigations for Lauer.
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